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NEW: Safe and scary fun: Hulaween Drive-In Movie at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30
Safe and scary fun: Hulaween Drive-In Movie at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30

The historic Polynesian restaurant will reanimate its parking lot as a monster movie theater, complete with a big screen showing an infamous 1960s-era horror film.
>>> Full preview, ticket info, more

Eerie and evil tunes for your Halloween shindig Skinny Jimmy's Picks: The top 5 most sinister surf songs
Skinny Jimmy Stingray gives us his picks for the most sinister surf songs. "Nothing echoes quite as ghoulishly as the sound of a reverb-soaked electric guitar."
>>> AUDIO/VIDEO: See and hear Jimmy's top five

UPDATED: The Tiki Times: Exclusive 2020 events guide
The Tiki Times online events calendar
Browse our updated listings of cool live online meet-ups, interviews and happy hours.
>>> Latest virtual Tiki and rum events
>>> Latest on live and rescheduled events for the rest of 2020

UPDATED: Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers
Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers

Get updates on reopenings and fund-raising efforts, buy merchandise and donate to crowd-sourced fundraisers.
>>> FIND OUT HOW TO HELP NOW

Mai-Kai cocktail review: Jet Pilot soars over its ancestors with flying colors
Mai-Kai cocktail review: Jet Pilot soars over its ancestors with flying colors

This latest and greatest version of The Mai-Kai's Jet Pilot should be approached with caution. It's big, bold and bad to the bone.
See the full story
RECIPE: Tribute to The Mai-Kai’s Jet Pilot, version 5.0
UPDATED: The Atomic Grog serves the Jet Pilot on Tiki Trail Live
More on The Mai-Kai's takeout menu

Mai-Kai cocktail review: Trade in Vic's Mai Tai for this classic
Mai-Kai cocktail review: Trade in Vic's Mai Tai for this classic

We've updated our tribute recipe for this popular drink after a careful analysis of The Mai-Kai's take-home cocktails.
See the full story
RECIPE: Tribute to The Mai-Kai’s Mai Tai, version 2.0

The Mai-Kai re-releases signature rum, plus new glassware and spirits menu
The Mai-Kai re-releases signature rum, plus new glassware and spirits menu
Check out our tasting notes on The Real McCoy 12-year-old Distillers Proof Mai-Kai Blend,
plus cocktail recipes, the new rum menu and the updated cocktail menu.
>>> Bonus recipes: The Real McCoy Shark Bite and Special Reserve Daiquiri

Cocktail quarts join gallons as The Mai-Kai expands takeout menu
Cocktail quarts join gallons as The Mai-Kai expands takeout menu
The historic Polynesian restaurant continues to adapt and adjust to meet guest demand,
expanding the curbside pickup menu to include 32-ounce jars of five different classic tropical cocktails.
The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide: Latest news, plus ratings and reviews of 100+ drinks

The Hukilau 2020: Virtual events honor 19th annual Tiki weekender, help those in need
The Hukilau 2020: A week of virtual events honor 19th annual Tiki weekender, help those in need
Pay homage to the canceled Tiki weekender with educational symposiums, more special videos at The Mai-Kai, more.
>>> See video replays, all of the activities
>>> Bonus recipe for The Last Fang

Daiquiris of Hope: Keeping the spirit of our favorite bars and bartenders alive
Daiquiris of Hope: Keeping the spirit of our favorite bars and bartenders alive
A salute to our favorite industry professionals in their time of need.
Daiquiri of Hope #2: Beachbum’s Special Daiquiri (Dedicated to Jeff “Beachbum” Berry)
Daiquiri of Hope #1: Martiki's Merchant Daiquiri (Dedicated to Martin Cate)
Contributed: The Underground Cardamom Daiquiri (Dedicated to Tiki Underground)

The Atomic Grog joins The Trader Brandon Transmissions
The Atomic Grog joins The Trader Brandon Transmissions

VIDEO, RECIPE: Watch the live interview, see the new Barrel O' Rum recipe
* Check out our Tiki Tuesday chat with Brandon Kleyla on his Instagram page
* Go to TraderBrandon.com and browse all his cool merch

Mai-Kai cocktail review: The Black Magic emerges from the darkness as a true classic
Mai-Kai cocktail review: The Black Magic emerges from the darkness as a true classic

Inspired by one of The Mai-Kai's Gallons To Go, we've mixed up a new version of this classic Tiki cocktail.
See the full story
Tribute to The Mai-Kai’s Black Magic, version 3.0
The Black Magic goes viral on social media

Hurricane Hayward on Inside the Desert Oasis Room
Hurricane Hayward on Inside the Desert Oasis Room

Listen to the "Covid Chronicles" episode recorded live with Adrian Eustaquio as The Atomic Grog blogger made his way to The Mai-Kai to pick up Gallons to Go.
Also available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

The Atomic Grog blog has a new look
The Atomic Grog blog updated with new design

Check out the latest version of our blog, featuring a clean new design and all the same great features.
>>> GO TO THE BLOG NOW          What is The Atomic Grog?

SPECIAL FEATURES

Atomic Grog Cocktail Recipes, A through Z
Atomic Grog Cocktail Recipes, A through Z
A comprehensive list of every recipe we've posted on the site since 2011.
>>> COMPLETE LIST OF DRINKS

Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
Hurricane Hayward reviews and rates the historic restaurant's current and past tropical drinks, plus reveals a treasure trove of ancestor and exclusive tribute recipes.
>>> A DEEP DIVE INTO THE COCKTAILS OF THE MAI-KAI
>>> List of all 100+ recipes

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Skinny Jimmy's Picks: 5 underappreciated surf bands of the first wave
Skinny Jimmy's Picks: 5 underappreciated surf bands of the first wave
The first wave of instrumental surf (late '50s through mid-'60s) included many bands that remained under the radar and lack the notoriety they deserve.
>>> AUDIO: See and hear Jimmy's top 5

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Skinny Jimmy Stingray talks classic surf, performs at The Mai-Kai Skinny Jimmy Stingray talks classic surf, performs at The Mai-Kai
Skinny Jimmy Stingray and his band rocked The Molokai bar during December's Retro Rekindled community gathering. The live set followed a Q&A with The Atomic Grog about the guitarist's journey from punk to instro surf.
>>> See new video and photos from the event

Mai-Kai cocktail review: A heart-warming winter classic
Mai-Kai cocktail review: Hot Buttered Rum is a heart-warming winter classic
Check out our updated tribute recipe for The Mai-Kai's Hot Buttered Rum, a seasonal classic with links to Tiki godfather Don the Beachcomber but also claiming roots that date back to colonial times.

Photos: 10 highlights from The Hukilau 2019 in Fort Lauderdale
Photos: 10 highlights from The Hukilau 2019 in Fort Lauderdale
Take a look back at last year's festivities with dozens of photos and 10 memorable moments.
>>> SEE THE PHOTO RECAP
Bonus cocktail recipes: Passion Fruit West Indies (Pagan Idol) | Playboy (Tiki Underground)

The Year in Tiki 2019: A look back at all the top events The Year in Tiki 2019: Recap all the top events with photos and video
Check out photos and video plus links and coverage of top happenings around the globe,
including Miami Rum Congress, Inuhele in Atlanta, Arizona Tiki Oasis, Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs, Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, Tiki Kon in Portland, the Surf Guitar 101 Convention in California, Tiki Oasis in San Diego, the Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park, plus more!
>>> BROWSE ALL THE PAST EVENTS

Sippin' Santa comes to town: Beachbum Berry interview, plus recipes Sippin' Santa comes to town: Exclusive Beachbum Berry interview, plus festive cocktail recipes
We caught up with Tiki historian, author and bar owner Jeff "Beachbum" Berry to ask him about his growing family of Sippin' Santa surf shacks, the delicious drinks, and what makes holiday pop-up bars so popular.
Bonus recipes: Tribute to Christmas Eve of Destruction | Nutty Old Fashioned
Previous story: Another holiday Miracle: Sippin' Santa locations double

Skinny Jimmy's Picks: The all-time top 5 Dick Dale songs Skinny Jimmy's Picks: The all-time top 5 Dick Dale songs
Dick Dale uncovered something special in Southern California's sandy beaches that, like a powerful wave, could not be contained. In this second in a series of top 5 lists, Skinny Jimmy Stingray picks his favorite Dick Dale songs.
>>> AUDIO: See and hear Jimmy's top 5

Gone but not forgotten: Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale, 1937-2019 Gone but not forgotten: Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale, 1937-2019
We knew him as the "King of the Surf Guitar," but he was so much more than that. Check out our tribute featuring South Florida remembrances and photos plus obituaries and social media reaction.
>>> Dick Dale's discography and top YouTube videos

The living dead came to party at The Mai-Kai's Hulaween 2019 luau Hulaween 2019: Luau of the Living Dead
After 10 years, we know what to expect from The Mai-Kai's infamous Hulaween party: Kooky costumes, rockin' tunes and many cocktails consumed in The Molokai bar. The 2019 bash lived up to those standards.
>>> Full recap and photo gallery

Mai-Kai cocktail review: If you're 'Passionate' about tropical drinks, this one's for you
Mai-Kai cocktail review: If you're 'Passionate' about tropical drinks, this one's for you
Check out our updated review of the Piña Passion, including a new tribute recipe and history of iconic drinks served in pineapples. Learn about this symbol of hospitality and mainstay at The Mai-Kai since 1956.

What we learned at Appleton master blender Joy Spence’s rum tasting
Appleton master blender Joy Spence hosts rare rum tasting at The Mai-Kai

What could be better than an Appleton rum tasting at The Mai-Kai? How about the first-ever such event at the historic Polynesian palace hosted by Joy Spence, the longtime master blender for the venerable Jamaican brand.
>>> CHECK OUT OUR FULL RECPAP AND PHOTOS
>>> Recipe: Joy Spence's favorite rum cocktail

PAST BLOGS OF INTEREST

The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau 2019
The Rums of The Mai-Kai, presented by The Atomic Grog at The Hukilau 2019
Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog took guests on an virtual journey to the Caribbean to learn about the key rums and styles that have dominated The Mai-Kai’s acclaimed cocktails for more than 60 years. He was joined by rum expert Stephen Remsberg for an Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class at Pier Sixty-Six hotel on June 8, and by Cocktail Wonk writer Matt Pietrek for an on-stage symposium at The Mai-Kai Grand Finale on June 9.
>>> HEAR THE SYMPOSIUM: Inside the Desert Oasis Room podcast
>>> Full preview plus last year's recap and photos

The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau 2019
COMING SOON: Exclusive news on a new replacement for Kohala Bay rum at The Mai-Kai, plus more!
More on the rums of The Mai-Kai
* The history of the potent, funky flavors from Guyana and Jamaica
* Demerara rum - The Mai-Kai's secret weapon

The Hukilau 2019 rewind: Photos and video from social media
The Hukilau 2019 rewind: Photos and video from social media
The Hukilau careened through Fort Lauderdale for its 18th annual Tiki weekender with an exhaustive schedule of events at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel, B Ocean Resort and the historic Mai-Kai restaurant.
>>> SOCIAL POSTS FROM THE ATOMIC GROG AND VILLAGERS

The Hukilau 2019: Women of Tiki take over the tower
The Tiki Tower Takeover at The Hukilau 2019
The signature Tiki Tower Takeover cocktail party included eight of the world's top female Tiki bartenders. Between sampling all the delicious drinks, hanging out with friends and enjoying the gorgeous views from the 17th-floor Pier Top Lounge, we managed to snap a few photos.
>>> FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY
Tiki Tower Takeover: Preview, photos and complete history
More on The Hukilau: Last party at Pier Sixty-Six? | Final preview, updates

Mai-Kai Walking Tour on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast The Mai-Kai Walking Tour on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast
It was an honor to participate in The Mai-Kai history tour with carver Will Anders and manager Kern Mattei. It’s a real Tiki museum audio walking tour.
>>> CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE PODCAST
>>> Previous Marooned podcast: Hurricane Hayward talks Mai-Kai cocktails
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* The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic restaurant
* New giant carved Tiki added to outdoor garden for 60th anniversary
* 'King Kai' leads procession of new Tikis into The Mai-Kai
* Tour of The Mai-Kai's mysterious bars and kitchen (with photos)

Mai-Kai cocktail review: Drink like a native with the deadly Shrunken Skull
Mai-Kai cocktail review: Drink like a native with the deadly Shrunken Skull
Take a deep dive into the history of a deadly classic cocktail with our fully enhanced review with a brand new tribute recipe and the true ancestor recipe from Don the Beachcomber.
>>> CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY

New cocktail books, magazine prove Tiki underground is alive and thriving
New cocktail books, magazine prove Tiki underground is alive and thriving

Is the printed word is dead? The appearance of several new cocktail and recipes books, along with a quarterly magazine devoted to the revival of Polynesian Pop and mid-century culture, would indicate otherwise.

PAST NEWS AND EVENT COVERAGE

Surprise winner, new spirit of aloha at fifth annual Art of Tiki in South Beach
Surprise winner, new spirit of aloha at fifth annual Art of Tiki

Find out how an unassuming chef beat out Miami's top mixologists in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's tropical bartending competition.
>>> Full event coverage, cocktail reviews, exclusive photos and history

VIPs, connoisseurs of fine spirits flock to first Miami Rum Congress
Miami Rum Congress 2019

The inaugural Miami Rum Congress was an unqualified success, a star-studded gathering of rum industry experts that sold out the cozy and picturesque Shane Center in Miami Beach.
>>> Photo gallery and event recap

Special event: 'Demerara Rum - The Mai-Kai's Secret Weapon'
Demerara Rum: The Mai-Kai's Secret Weapon on Jan. 19, 2019, at The Mai-Kai

The Atomic Grog was pleased to present a special happy-hour talk during The Mai-Kai Takeover event, presented by the Magical Tiki Meet-Up and Retro Rekindled.
>>> Full event recap and photos
* See also: Rums of The Mai-Kai include potent, funky flavors

Epcot's Native American exhibit includes Hawaiian, Polynesian artifacts
Epcot's Native American art exhibit includes Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts
The Hawaii and California display spotlights one of seven geographic regions
of art, both historical and modern, in the American Heritage Gallery.

The Year in Tiki 2018: Recap all the top events with photos and video
The Year in Tiki 2018: Recap all the top events with photos and video

What did you attend in 2018? Take a look back at the top happenings in the Tiki, rum and surf music worlds.

Florida bartender wins Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge
Florida bartender wins Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai, earns trip to St. Lucia

Gregory Schutt pulled off an upset victory in the regional finals to earn a trip to the global finals in St. Lucia.

Hulaween turns 10 with another ghoulish gathering
Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead - 10th Anniversary Reunion
The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale was overrun by a lively crowd of undead revelers who returned from the grave for a 10th time in search of a rockin' good time with Slip and the Spinouts.

The Atomic Grog on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast The Atomic Grog on the Texas Tiki Podcast at The Mai-Kai
Listen to Hurricane Hayward and podcaster David Phantomatic as they discuss (what else) the historic tropical drinks and influence of The Mai-Kai.
* Check out the new tribute recipes for a Mai-Kai classic, the Mutiny

Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai
Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai

Tips and techniques from The Atomic Grog's Hurricane Hayward for turning your home bar into a Tiki paradise.
>>> Check out highlights from the sold-out class at The Hukilau 2018

The Hukilau 2018 recap: Photos and video from social media
The Hukilau 2018 photos by The Atomic Grog

Check out a compilation of images from the whirlwind Tiki weekend in Fort Lauderdale.

The Mai-Kai updates bar menu, adds classic ‘lost’ cocktail
The 2018 cocktail menu at The Mai-Kai
A new cocktail menu made its debut in May 2018
in The Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai, marking first update to the classic tropical drink lineup since 2014.
The Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide

New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors
The monorail emerges from Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney World may soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails,
says the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans.

TAKE 5: INTERVIEWS WITH MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Take 5 interviews
August 2014: Otto von Stroheim, pioneering event promoter and Tiki tastemaker
April 2014: Ian Burrell, global rum ambassador and organizer of the UK RumFest
September 2013: Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco and rum cocktail maestro
June 2013: Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Tiki cocktail author and historian extraordinaire
June 2012: Rodney Mayo, guiding light of South Florida’s indie entertainment scene
November 2011: Mai-Kai General Manager Kern Mattei
September 2011: Artist Mike “Pooch” Pucciarelli

FROM THE ARCHIVES: OUR FAVORITE BLOGS

Need a punch recipe for 200? The Rum Rat Pack has it covered
Need a punch recipe for 200? The Rum Rat Pack has it covered
The experts at The Hukilau's 'Rumposium'
showed us how to fill a bowl with 630 ounces of deliciousness (including 240 ounces of rum) with style and flair.

Exotic cocktails at Altered State Tattoo’s 20th anniversary party
Exotic cocktails at Altered State Tattoo’s 20th anniversary party
We were pleased to serve up drinks
for special guests of artist Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli at the 20th anniversary party for his South Florida shop that has gained him a worldwide following for his highly creative ink.
>>> Get the recipes: Altered State Zombie | Mai Ta-IPA

‘Boozy’ blog hosts birthday bash
A Fifth of Grog: 5th Anniversary Mai-Kai Mixer
The Atomic Grog celebrated its fifth anniversary
with a cocktail party in The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai featuring live instrumental surf music from Skinny Jimmy Stingray, drink specials, giveaways, and more.

10 reasons why you need Sven Kirsten’s Tiki Pop 10 reasons why you need Sven Kirsten’s Tiki Pop
The third hardcover opus from the acclaimed Tiki urban archaeologist
explores in rich and colorful detail the uniquely American phenomenon that permeated fashion, music, eating, drinking, and architecture for decades.

Jeff Berry proves he’s never too busy to be a 'Beachbum'
Jeff Berry proves he’s never too busy to be a Beachbum
Author and cocktail historian Beachbum Berry solidified his standing as the "Indiana Jones" of Tiki mixology
with his first branded product, unearthing a long-lost gadget from the catacombs of mid-century bar culture: Beachbum Berry's Navy Grog Ice Cone Kit.

Potions of the Caribbean: Cruise back to the birthplace of Tiki drinks Potions of the Caribbean: Cruise back to the birthplace of Tiki drinks
Beachbum Berry’s sixth book on tropical drinks and the fascinating stories behind them
could be considered the sequel to Sippin’ Safari, both in style and substance.

In memoriam: Wayne Coombs of Mai Tiki, 1949-2012
Wayne Coombs of Mai Tiki, 1949-2012

Like the imposing Tikis that he carved for more than 40 years, Cocoa Beach’s Wayne Coombs was a larger-than-life figure with a mischievous bent and a style all his own.
>>> Remembering Wayne: My brush with greatness

Stretching the limits of the imagination
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg
is a surreal experience in its own right.

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